Passing of Delegate Jim Scott
Fairfax, VA – Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) released the following statement on the passing of former Virginia Delegate Jim Scott:
“Virginia has lost a quiet, gentle but forceful advocate for all who feel powerless. Jim Scott was a voice for civil rights, women’s rights and LGBT rights because he believed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States meant what they said.
Unusual for a politician, Jim was self-effacing. A natural mentor, he promoted talent and sought to bestow credit on others. He advanced the careers of myriad public officials. His generosity of spirit benefited causes throughout our Virginia Commonwealth. And most of that generosity was unheralded.
He championed affordable housing, the homeless, the Fairfax Fair, telework, the environment, among scores of causes. In doing so he elevated politics and ennobled public service as a calling.
Jim was a loving and devoted husband to his beloved wife Nancy and a proud Dad to two extraordinary and accomplished daughters. He was a devout Methodist, and passionate sports fan for North Carolina and the Washington Nationals.
It will be difficult to re-imagine the NOVA community without his towering presence and wise guidance. And his absence will be a void for those of us privileged to know him.”
Congressman Connolly Wants Your Input
If you live in Virginia’s 11th Congressional District, your Congressman wants your input as priorities are set for this Congress. Provide your input at: https://connolly.house.gov/forms/form/?ID=3
19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fete
Congressman Gerry Connolly’s
19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fete
Sunday, March 17, 2013
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Kena Temple (9001 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax, VA 22031; map, click here)
Tickets $40 each, to purchase online click here (other contribution levels appreciated).
Since Gerry’s first run for Providence District Supervisor in 1995, he has hosted an annual St. Patrick’s Day Fete. The event has grown from a small gathering of friends at his home, to one of the highlights of the Democratic political season. You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate this Green-Letter Day. Join us for the festivities and to help raise money for Gerry Connolly’s Congressional re-election campaign. Tickets include a full Irish dinner of corned-beef, cabbage and other traditional Irish fare. We hope to see you and your family there!
If last year was a presidential election year, then this year must be a gubernatorial election year in Virginia. Come prepared to express your preference in our STRAW POLL for LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR and ATTORNEY GENERAL.
Participate in our canned food drive for Fairfax and Prince William Counties. Bring a can to the party!
For questions or to RSVP for at the door ticket purchases contact Foxhall Parker (email@example.com, 703-405-9697), or call our office 703-375-9374.
Keith Fimian Sides with Wall St. Over Main St.
Fairfax, VA — In the latest sign that he is too extreme for Northern Virginia, Keith Fimian joined his political patron John Boehner in opposing the tough new Wall Street reforms approved by the House of Representatives last week. Choosing to side with Wall Street special interests, Fimian announced his opposition to reform that put consumers first, holds the Biggest Banks accountable, and ends the era of tax-payer funded bailouts and ‘too-big-to-fail’ institutions. Fimian announced his opposition to stopping big bonuses on Wall Street and a stop to the type of risky financial deals that led to the current economic mess.
“Keith Fimian’s outrageous refusal to hold Wall Street special interests accountable or put a stop to the era of taxpayer funded bailouts and big bonuses is another reminder that Fimian’s extreme agenda is wildly out of touch with the needs of Northern Virginia families,” said James Walkinshaw, Connolly’s campaign manager. “Hardworking families who played by the rules and saw their jobs and savings wiped away by Wall Street’s recklessness deserve better than Fimian wanting to put Wall Street banks and credit card companies first."
Connolly Introduces Bill To Prevent Future Oil Spills
On June 10, Congressman Gerry Connolly introduced legislation, the Oil Pollution Environmental Review Act, that will force oil companies like BP to comply with a full environmental review before they drill offshore. The Connolly bill ensures that oil companies will never again receive special treatment when they want to drill off our coasts, and that oil companies who drill offshore cannot cut corners.
Connolly’s opponent, Keith Fimian, subscribes to the Sarah Palin philosophy of “Drill, Baby, Drill” and “Drill here, Drill now.” He has a long record of supporting offshore drilling and believes that business, including Big Oil, should be allowed to self-regulate. And in the wake of the environmental calamity in the Gulf, he has not changed his reckless stance.